Newsletter of the Cincinnati Section

of the

American Chemical Society

Volume 35 (3)
December 1997

Senior EditorEdward Burton
Assistant EditorDianne Sod
LiaisonJulia Bedell
AdvertisingJackie Hoofring
Stuart Oehrle

CINTACS is published nine times a year (September through May) by the Cincinnati Section of the American Chemical Society in cooperation with the Oesper Collection in the History of Chemistry of the University of Cincinnati. All changes of address should be sent to Emel Yakali at Raymond Walters College, 9555 Plainfield Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236; 745-5686 or 745-5767 (FAX).

Every member is urged to send in their e-mail address. The message should consist of the e-mail address in the "From" area and the full name of the member in the "Subject" area of the message format. Send this information via e-mail to: ACS@UCRWCU.RWC.UC.EDU


The submission deadline for the next Newsletter (January 1998) is Monday, December 1, 1997. Deadline for the February 1998 issue is Friday, December 19, 1997.

Dr. Edward Burton
Procter & Gamble
P. O. Box 538707
Cincinnati, OH 45253.

Telephone: (513) 627-1494
FAX: (513) 627-1233


Dianne Sod

In This Issue ....



Wednesday, December 3
(Xavier University)
Featured Speaker: Dr. Steven Zimmerman, University of Illinois, (Organic Chemistry)
Discussion Groups:
Wednesday, January 21
(Phoenix Hotel)
Student Affiliates Night, Joint with Iota Sigma Pi
Featured Speaker: Dr. Paul Bash, Argonne National Laoboratories, (Computational Chemistry)
Discussion Groups:
Wednesday, February 18
(Millenium Chemicals)
Chemist of the Year Award
Featured Speaker: Awardee
Discussion Groups:


Dr. Steven C. Zimmerman
Featured Speaker at the December Meeting

Steven Zimmerman was born in Chicago in 1957, the second son of the world-renowned organic chemist, Howard E. Zimmerman. He attended public schools in Madison and then the University of Wisconsin, where he received a B.S. degree in 1979 working for Hans Reich. In 1983 he received a Ph.D. at Columbia University in New York City where he worked with Ronald Breslow on pyridoxamine enzyme analogs. After an NSF-NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Cambridge with Sir Alan R. Battersby, he joined the faculty at the University of Illinois (1985). He was promoted to Full Professor in 1994. Professor Zimmerman has been the recipient of an American Cancer Society Junior Faculty Award (1986-1989), NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award (1988-1993), Eli Lilly Grantee Award (1989-1991), American Cyanamid Academic Award (1990), Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (1989-1992), Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship (1992-1993), Buck-Whitney Award from the Eastern New York Section of American Chemical Society (1995), and an Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society (1997). He has also won teaching awards at the University of Illinois. His research interests are in the area of molecular recognition, self-assembly, and catalysis using both small molecules and dendrimers. He currently resides in a suburb of Champaign with his wife Sharon, and their two daughters, Arielle and Elena. Professor Zimmerman enjoys films, gardening, architecture, and bird watching in what little time is left in his schedule after work and family.

Supramolecular Organic Polymer Chemistry

Dendrimers are tree-shaped polymers that have aesthetically appealing architectures, novel materials properties, and potential applications to biomedical problems. In most regards, dendrimers behave like normal small organic molecules, and can be synthesized in a few short steps. A short part of this talk will focus on the latest strategies for synthesizing dendrimers. One potential application of dendrimers that has generated significant excitement is in drug delivery. In this regard, dendrimers have many advantages including the ability to encapsulate molecules (e.g., drugs), high stability in aqueous solution, and the ability to carry multiple copies of targeting agents on their surface. However, the binding capacity of dendrimers is rather low. We have been developing novel organic molecules that are "programmed" to assemble into larger structures. When attached to the core of a dendrimer these molecules assemble the dendrimers into nanoscale dendritic structures with significant voids on their interiors that mght bind larger quantities of small molecules. This talk will focus on this type of supramolecular polymer chemistry and related attempts to generate "hollow" dendrimers.


From the Chair

We are looking forward to our December meeting at Xavier University. In addition to Dr. Steven Zimmerman, our after-dinner speaker, we will have two discussion groups. Please plan to join us at Xavier on December 3rd.

Thanks to the University of Cincinnati and to Allan Pinhas, in particular, for arranging the splendid Poster Session and Oesper Awards Banquet for our October meeting. There was excellent participation in the poster session and the banquet for Oesper Award Winner Rudy Marcus was well-attended.

I'm happy to announce that the Cincinnati Section received a Certificate of Excellence from the Committee on Local Section Activities for our performance in 1996. The Certificate will be framed and displayed at a future section meeting.

Our section members participate in a wide variety of activities for the advancement of our profession. Some of these bring revenue to the section and our ads in Cintacs plus our meeting sponsors provide other sources of income, but there are many worthy activities that require expenditures beyond revenue. We are operating on a tight budget that can be enhanced substantially by our members contributing the $6.00 for Local Section Voluntary Dues that appears on the yearly statement of ACS dues. Historically, we project our budget based on about half of our section members contributing to the local section. I urge all members of the section to give thoughtful consideration to contributing that modest amount to support section activities.

Bill Oliver
Department of Chemistry
Northern Kentucky University
Highland Heights, KY 41099




Thank You from Polytechnic University

Dear Mr. Nauss:

On behalf of the entire Polytechnic University community, I extend our heartfelt thanks for your generous gift of $1,000 to our financial aid program. We have similarly written to Dr. Marcus for directing the 1997 Ralph Oesper Award to Polytechnic.

As you may know, Polytechnic has launched a $150 million capital campaign in order to position the University as a pacesetter in technology education and research for the 21st century. To be completed over the next three years, our campaign goals include all contributions towards Polytechnic scholarships. Thus, your contribution plays a much appreciated role in helping us reach our campaign goals. Of wider significance, however, is that it helps us assist students who would otherwise not be able to attend such a fine private university. Access is a primary and long standing goal of this university, one we are still committed to in order to educate the leaders who will guide the complex technological world of tomorrow.

Again, please accept our deep appreciation and gratitude for your friendship and support.


David C. Chang, President
Polytechnic University
6 MetroTech Center
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Editor's note: Dr. Marcus designated that his 1997 Oesper Award be donated to Polytechnic University.


Call for Papers

30th Central Regional Meeting

May 27-29, 1998

Cleveland, OH

The Cleveland Section of the American Chemical Society invites you to present your work in the general sessions, symposia or poster sessions of the 30th Central Regional Meeting.

The general sessions and the symposia will reflect the leading edge of chemical research being fostered in the Greater Cleveland area and throughout the Central Region of the Midwest. The sessions will include invited and submitted papers. Papers reporting original data, techniques or processes are solicited.

Please Contact David Ewing, General Chair, for further information or submit abstracts directly to him at the address below. Please use standard ACS abstract format.

David Ewing
Department of Chemistry
John Carroll University
University Heights, OH 44118-2837

(216) 397-4241
(216) 397-3033 (FAX)

All sessions and the expositions will be held at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, close to the Great Lakes Science Center, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Flats and Jacobs Field-home of the Cleveland Indians.

Do not miss the opening Gala Kick-Off event to be held at the new Great Lakes Science Center. come and join us in the city of Rockefellers and Rock 'n Rollers.

Check out our Web Site:

ABSTRACT DEADLINE: January 26, 1998.



Cincinnati, USA, July 12-17, 1998

Dear Colleague,

The Scientific Committees invite you to participate in the XIVth INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PHOSPHORUS CHEMISTRY to be held July 12-17, 1998 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. The Second Circular and Call for Papers is now available.

As in previous meetings, all aspects of phosphorus chemistry will be represented. However, our aim will be to give special emphasis to biomedical and industrial applications.

F. H. Ebetino,
Chairman (USA)
C. Degenhardt
C. McKenna, Program
Co-Chairman (USA)
H. Do
G. Bertrand (France)R. Fayter
G. M. Blackburn (UK)D. Francis
E. Breuer (Israel)K. Gibboney
S. Evans (USA)J. Hayes
M. Gallagher (Australia)J. Hershberger
G. Haegele (Germany)J. Knittel
A. I. Konovalov (Russia)D. McLoughlin
L. Maier (Switzerland)J. Nauss
J. P. Majoral (France)V. Nanaakkara
L. Markovsky (Ukraine)J. Niewhaner
M. Mikolajczyk (Poland)Y. Pan
T. Mastryukova (Russia)R. Parker
T. A. Modro (South Africa)R. Sunberg
B. Potter (UK)Y. Wang
M. Regitz (Germany)J. Wos
M. Yoshifuji (JapanL. Wu
C. Yuan (China)J. Amburgey
A. Ebrahimpour

To receive the second circular. please mail the following to:

XIVth ICPC, P.O.Box 140859, Cincinnati, Ohio 45250-0859, USA

or e-mail to:


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For additional questions please contact:

Dr. F. H. Ebetino
Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals
P. O Box 8006
Mason, Ohio

Telephone (513) 622-3630
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This meeting is sponsored by the Cincinnati Section of the American Chemical Society. Multiple contributing organizations are currently acknowledged on the conference Web page and Second Circular.



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